In the upcoming season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup on Gran Turismo 7, the inclusion of the latest Le Mans winning hypercar confirms it will come to the game in the coming weeks at the earliest.
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Gran Turismo 7 has been out for just over a month and has already seen its fair share of updates. Now, it would appear we’re closer than ever to getting an idea of post-launch DLC. The Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup has confirmed one of the major additions players can expect in the coming weeks.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup is a Gran Turismo taking place alongside Polyphony’s Manufacturers Series and Nations Cup events. This year will see drivers attempting to qualify for the world final through seven qualifying rounds, with the top 24 after those qualifiers competing to see who will join the likes of Mikail Hizal, Takuma Miyazono and reigning champion Tomoaki Yamanaka as champions.
Great news for all e-motorsports fans 🎮out there:— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@TGR_WEC) April 18, 2022
The 2022 TGR GT Cup has been announced, featuring a race with the #GR010HYBRID at the #LeMans24 circuit 🇫🇷
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In that Round 3 slot, players will be competing with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid. Toyota currently use the car to race in the Le Mans Hypercar class in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
What is the Toyota GR010?
Introduced in 2021, the Toyota developed the GR010 to comply with the new LMH regulations which were made to open up the World Endurance Championship to more manufacturers. This change was a response the spiraling costs of the previous LMP1 regulations had forced the likes of Peugeot, Nissan, Audi and Porsche all to abandon their WEC programs.
But thanks to the new LMH regulations, Glickenhaus is currently competing alongside Toyota. Joining them soon are likes of the returning Peugeot, Ferrari and possibly even a joint venture between ByKolles and the first ever F1 constructor’s world champions Vanwall.
The LMH cars are not quicker than the LMP1 hybrids that preceeded them. With the poletime from the GR010 at Le Mans in 2021 being over 10 seconds slower than the previous year’s poletime in the TS050.
The GR010 was also the car that Mike Conway, José María López and former F1 racer Kamui Kobayashi drove to their first victory at Le Mans.
Players can expect the addition of the GR010 anywhere between now and 5 June when the qualifier takes place. But Polyphony have confirmed more than just the Le Mans Hypercar to be coming to Gran Turismo 7.
Subaru getting in on the fun
Another noteworthy aspect of the TGR GT Cup announcement was the addition of the Subaru BRZ which will be used in the qualifiers. In Round 5, players can choose whether they want to race the BRZ or the GR86.
This round takes place 24 July, so the new up-to-date BRZ should be added into the game around that time.
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